Give Him 15 Daily Prayer


08
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Praying, Not Judging

On a visit to New York with my husband years ago, our host pastor was driving us around the Brooklyn area. While waiting at a traffic light I looked out the window and saw a drunk man who had stepped into a glass-walled phone booth to escape the cold wind. He had passed out, but the restricted space of the booth caused him to crumple into a heap. How could a person allow himself to get into such a state? I thought self-righteously. But God knew my heart and read my thoughts. Instantly, I sensed His rebuke: My Son died for him, just as He died for you. You should be praying for him instead of condemning him. I repented for my spiritual pride and asked God to forgive me. Since then, I’ve asked Him to help me see people as He does, and to pray for them with compassion that someone will cross their path who can share God’s unconditional love with them and give them hope. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” (Luke 15:6-7: TLB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to sensitize you to the people you encounter with whom you can share a word of hope to point them to the Savior.
  • As you pray for your own prodigal, remember the many others who may not have a praying loved one, and stand in the gap for them.
  • Ask God to cause prodigals to remember the love they once knew at Father’s house, and give them the desire to return home.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive me for self-righteously judging others while overlooking my own sinful pride. Thank You for accepting me when I was a rebel and embracing me with Your love. Help me to be an instrument of love and reconciliation toward those you bring across my path. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I desire to have a pure heart toward others and to be one who brings hope to the hopeless!

1 Footnote: Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 161.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

March 8, 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Prayer Weapons

Praying a prodigal home to the Father is sometimes a years-long struggle, but God provides weapons and strategies for prayer. Years ago, while encouraging Quin Sherrer in her prayer battle, the late Paul Billheimer spoke of his mother’s “power prayers” based on 2 Cor. 10:3-5. He wrote, “My mother used these weapons on me. I was as hostile to God as any sinner. I was fighting with all my might. But the time came when it was easier to lay down my arms of rebellion than to continue my resistance. The pressure exerted upon me by the Holy Spirit became so powerful that I voluntarily sought relief by yielding my rebellious will. The wooing of divine love was so strong that of my own free will I fell into the arms of redeeming grace. I became a willing ‘captive.’” This former prodigal went on to author numerous books that continue to strengthen prayer warriors today. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“…though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Make sure you’ve not allowed unforgiveness, judgment or anger toward anyone to poison your spirit and nullify your prayers.
  • Use the God’s Word as a spiritual weapon to declare scriptures over your prodigal’s life and confound the enemy’s plans.
  • Ask God to lead you to a prayer partner or prayer group who will pray in agreement with you–or form such a group yourself.

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that Your Word provides comfort and guidance, plus powerful verses I can pray for my prodigal. I choose to forgive him/her for disappointing me–help me to love him/her with Your love and to declare Your promises over his/her future. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The Word of God is able to break down every stronghold my prodigal loved one is captured by. They will be set free!

1 As quoted in Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, p. 71.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.

 

 

 


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals—Listen to the Holy Spirit

One mom shared with us that during her son’s freshman year in college, the Lord woke her early one morning saying, Your son’s life is in danger. She called three prayer partners and they all prayed for James. When she called his room at 7:00 a.m. his roommate first lied about his whereabouts, but then told her James had gone overnight camping with friends. Knowing that meant trouble, she cried out to God to save her son, then she released him into God’s hands and felt peace. She drove to the campus and brought him home, and she and her husband laid hands on him and prayed over him that weekend. He told her while he was at the campsite, he actually heard his mom praying for him. The battle continued over the next year, but finally James came to the end of himself and fully repented before the Lord. (Ruthanne Garlock)1

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (Romans 8:27; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to speak to you when your prodigal is in danger and needing prayer.
  • Pray the Scriptures over your prodigal that God quickens to you in your quiet time.
  • Be alert to opportunities to speak hope and encouragement to people you encounter each day—God may use you to reach a prodigal someone is praying for.
  • Determine always to pray the Answer, not the problem!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, help me to relinquish my loved one completely into Your hands. Forgive me for forgetting that I must surrender every aspect of his/her life to You. I trust You to bring back this prodigal in Your way and in Your time, through whatever circumstances You see fit. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will partner with God and pray the Answer as I pray my prodigal home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000, pp.67-70.

Ruthanne Garlock has co-authored 19 books with Quin Sherrer on prayer and related topics, plus two missions biographies. With her late husband, John, she has traveled to 35 nations teaching leadership training for churches and seminars. You can reach her at www.garlockministries.org.


06
Mar 2016

Praying for Prodigals

God has great compassion for those who agonize in prayer for loved ones who have wandered away from His love. Throughout Scripture we see God’s concern for prodigals and His efforts to woo them back and reveal Himself to them as a loving, compassionate heavenly Father. Whoever the prodigals may be that you’re praying for, eventually you must put him or her in God’s hands and trust Him to do a work of grace in that person’s life. He knows what caused them to turn away from His path, and He knows what it will take to bring them back.1

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Holy Spirit to give you creative ideas for expressing love to your prodigal.
  • Pray Psalm 91 over the prodigals, asking God to keep them safe.
  • Pray with others who are crying out to God for their prodigals—there is great power in prayers of agreement (see Matt. 18:19).

A prayer you can pray:

Thank you, Lord, that I can entrust my prodigals into your hands, knowing that you love them with an undying love. Send someone across their path who can get their attention and speak words of hope and life to them. Give me compassion for the prodigals I encounter from day to day. Help me not to judge them, but to exhibit a Christ-like spirit and bless them in Your Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God will bring our prodigal sons and daughters home!

1 Excerpted from Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, Regal Books, 2000.


05
Mar 2016

Abiding

Abide is a powerful word. John 15: 4 (AMP) says, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in [being vitally united to] the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” Abide means to remain, dwell, continue, endure, to not depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept and vitally united to. What occurs when we abide? 

“If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” (John 15: 7; AMP) (Becca Greenwood)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent where we have turned from the Lord and looked to the world, sinned and compromised.
  • Ask the Lord to cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with Him.
  • Intercede that a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement would arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation!
  • Pray that this great awakening continues and does not end.
  • Cry out that this awakening and hunger not be quenched and that we endure, be held in and not depart from Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, where we have turned from You and looked to the world, sinned and compromised, please forgive us. Cause the Body of Christ to desire to be vitally united to and ever present with You. Cause a cry for a radical and sustained holiness movement to arise in the Body of Christ and in our nation! Lord, we pray for this great awakening to continue and not end. May this awakening and hunger never be quenched and may we endure, be held in and not depart from You! In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May the Body of Christ truly abide in Him!

1 Becca Greenwood is the co- founder of Christian Harvest Int’l and Strategic Prayer Action Network. She is a teacher called to minister across generations to see the Body of Christ come into their Kingdom identity and purpose. Becca resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, Greg. They have three daughters, Kendall, Rebecca and Katie. See Becca’s full bio at Christian Harvest International.


03
Mar 2016

You Are A Watchman

“Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flows the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23; KJV)

“Watch” is translated from the Greek word natsar, a word for “watchman”. We are to be watchmen for others, as well as for our own hearts, guarding what we allow to enter. The soul (the mind, will and emotions) is the essence of who we are. We must guard our souls, carefully determining what is allowed to enter – being mindful of what our eyes see, ears hear, and what we allow to come into our hearts. And although we cannot control everything, we can be gatekeepers who strategically watch over what does and doesn’t have access to us. We should then be watchful over what is given a right to be in our homes, affecting what our family sees and hears, always making sure it’s in line with what will please Jesus. Be strategic with what God has entrusted to you, using the tools in His Word. Be His watchman over what is important to Him—the members of your family. (Ceci Sheets)1

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask Jesus to make you mindful of what you are allowing to come into your heart.
  • Pray that you will be cautious as to what you allow in your home through television, books, games, etc.
  • Pray that from your heart would come life – and only what pleases Jesus.
  • Ask God to make you more sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He leads you as a watchman.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit who teaches me all things. I am grateful that You have given me this helper who can guide me as I commit to be careful of what I allow to satisfy my mind, my will, and my emotions. Help me to be a watchman who will obey You and please only You. I know You will give me the strength to do what needs to be done. In Jesus’ name.

Today’s decree:

I set recommit myself to be a watchman for my own soul, as well as for my household.

1 Ceci Sheets is the wife of Dutch Sheets. Dutch and Ceci have been married 35 years and reside in the Dallas area. Her greatest delight is the treasured time she spends with their two grown daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.


01
Mar 2016

Prayer for the Elections

Regarding the upcoming elections, prayerfully agree with me that:

  • We vote for a person of decency and honor (integrity matters)
  • We vote for someone that cannot be bought or sold (crony capitalism is evil)
  • We don’t jump from the frying pan of failed government to the fire of another chameleon who changes colors at will (the political spirit)
  • We remember that not everyone in Washington DC has been part of the problem—be wise and discerning (God has been sending some good men and women to DC)
  • We vote for humility (which God exalts), morality and righteousness (which exalts a nation)
  • We choose substance and specific ideas over shallow rhetoric, fame, showbiz events and exciting promises (does anyone remember ’08?)
  • We vote for a strict constitutionalist (it was born through prayer and based on scripture)
  • We remember that we are also voting for the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, who will undoubtedly shape our nation and lives for decades! (they could possibly do more good or bad for our nation than the next president)
  • We vote for an uncompromising, consistent, radically pro-life person (we MUST have this)
  • By God’s grace we end up with a born-again, praying, Bible-reading, moral, humble, honest and wise person in the White House

Be very careful. Pray. Listen to your heart where Holy Spirit lives. I promise you—we’re voting for the destiny of our nation.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34; NASB)

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the destiny of our nation is at stake. I pray that Your people will seek the Lord today and vote for a person of decency and honor, who cannot be bought or sold. I pray that we don’t jump from the frying pan of failed government to the fire of another chameleon who changes colors at will. Help me remember that not everyone in Washington, D. C., has been part of the problem, but that You have been sending some good men and women there. Help us to vote for those who are humble, for God exalts the humble, and for morality and righteousness, for that exalts a nation. Help us to choose substance and specific ideas over shallow rhetoric, fame, showbiz events and exciting promises. I pray that we vote for a strict constitutionalist, as our Constitution was born through prayer and based on scripture. Lord, as we vote for a future presidential candidate, we are also voting for the next 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, who will undoubtedly shape our nation and lives for decades! They could possibly do more good or bad for our nation than the next president.  Please help us to vote for an uncompromising, consistent, radically pro-life person—we MUST have this, Lord! Father, by Your great grace we will end up with a born-again, praying, Bible-reading, moral, humble, honest and wise person in the White House. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Your people can hear Your voice and vote to turn our nation toward righteousness.

 


28
Feb 2016

Pray God’s Word

To be sure our prayers are aligned with the will of God, we can pray directly from Scriptures. Jesus, when tempted by the devil, quoted God’s Word to defeat him: “It is written…” It is also the strongest weapon in our spiritual arsenal. Whatever prayer burden we are carrying today—we can be in agreement with Him when we pray from His Word…Scripture.1 (Quin Sherrer)2

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit…able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Lord, show me Scriptures to pray over my situation or (name prayer focus).
  • Help me to move in faith, not fear.
  • God, turn our difficulties (name them) into opportunities!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank You for the Bible, which is packed with wonderful promises! Build my faith as I trust You with the circumstances I am facing—as well as for my country. Give me scriptures to pray over each and every circumstance. Thank You for answering my prayers in Your perfect way and timing, which is always best. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Word is the sword I will use to pray into the most challenging situations that I and my nation face!

1 Excerpted from “God Be With Us: A Daily Guide to Praying for Our Nation,” by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. Time Warner Faith, 2001, pp120-121.

2 Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 29 books, primarily with Ruthanne Garlock, and has spoken on more than 350 radio and TV stations on prayer and personal renewal. Her bio and contact information can be found at www.quinsherrer.com.


28
Feb 2016

Pastors—God’s Front Line

Pastors are in the forefront in America’s communities—leading and teaching their people how to exhibit God’s heart of compassion, mercy and grace. They call us to acknowledge our responsibility to share the gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the poor. They marry us and bury us. They preach, counsel, visit the sick and oversee countless details. Let’s remember to pray daily for them. (Quin Sherrer)1

Scripture: “With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, my words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:18-19; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for the pastors you know that they may be bold in sharing Biblical truths in the pulpit and community.
  • Ask the Lord to let peace reign in their homes.
  • Pray protection over them and bless their families.
  • Ask the Lord to send the Holy Spirit to encourage and guide them in all their decisions.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank you for the pastors who intercede in prayer for our needs and concerns and also for our nation. Give them wisdom beyond their experience for the tasks they daily face. Meet their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s decree:

May our nation’s pastors feel loved, and be strengthened and renewed by our intercession for them today!

1 Excerpted from “God Be With Us”, by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. Warner Books, New York:N.Y, 2001, p.86.

2 Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 29 books, primarily with Ruthanne Garlock, and has spoken on more than 350 radio and TV stations on prayer and personal renewal. Her bio and contact information can be found at www.quinsherrer.com


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